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Care of the plant Parthenocissus henryana or Chinese Virginia creeper.

Care of the climbing plant Parthenocissus henryana or Chinese Virginia creeper

The genus Parthenocissus, family Vitaceae, comprises about 15 species of climbing plants native to North America and Asia. Some species are: Parthenocissus henryana, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Parthenocissus semicordata, Parthenocissus himalayana, Parthenocissus inserta.

Common names: Chinese Virginia creeper, Silver vein creeper. This species is native to China.

They are deciduous woody climbing plants with tendrils that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. The leaves, dark green or bronze green, have 3-5 leaflets with serrated margins and whitish veins; in autumn they take on a beautiful red color. The flowers are small and of no decorative interest. The fruits are bluish in color.

They are used to cover walls, gates, columns and pergolas.

The Parthenocissus henryana prefers a semi-shaded or shaded exposure facing east or north. They resist frost well.

The soil can be normal garden soil with abundant organic matter and well drained with coarse sand. Planting is done in early spring.

Water frequently in summer so that the substrate never dries completely; the rest of the year reduce watering slightly. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize every 15 days with liquid fertilizer from late spring to late summer and with compost or manure in late winter.

Prune lightly in late winter to control growth.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated in summer by tender cuttings or in spring by woody cuttings. 

Images of the climbing plant Parthenocissus henryana or Chinese Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus henryana
Parthenocissus henryana